Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate in Science

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After an injury, a patient needs a skilled set of hands to help them recover. This is where you come in. Become trained in physical therapy, and learn the application of physical agents, massage, gait training and therapeutic exercises that help relieve pain and restore function.

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  • Seamless transitionMost A.S. graduates earn credits that can be applied to a bachelor's degree at Seminole State or at the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect™ to UCF.*
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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : PTA-AS
CIP: 1351080601
Educational Pathway: PTA-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Students accepted into this limited-access program complete lecture, lab and clinical experiences during a five-term, lock-step course sequence. Coursework emphasizes patient care, PT principals and procedures, neurological and orthopedic therapies and industry trends. Graduates are eligible for licensure after successfully passing the National Physical Therapy Exam and the State Laws and Rules Exam.

Program Admission

This is a limited-access program. Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College and complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or equivalent, if necessary;
  • Complete and submit appropriate documentation for a minimum of 20 hours of observation, volunteer service, or work experience in more than one type of physical therapy setting. More than 20 hours and two types of facilities are recommended and will be considered in the selection of candidates. Observation hours in excess of 100 will not be considered. Students can submit up to 100 hours from the last three years. At least 20 hours must be completed within one year of application submission deadline. 
  • Complete the TEAS® exam with a minimum Adjusted Individual Total Score of 59% (or scaled score of 422).
  • Provide their MySeminoleState unofficial transcript to indicate an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students from other accredited colleges (not Seminole State) must provide official transcripts for evaluation by the Office of Student Records. Once evaluation of transcripts is completed, it may be downloaded by logging into MySeminoleState.
  • Submit the completed PTA Program application packet available on the PTA website by February 28 with all attachments: MySeminoleState unofficial transcripts, PTA Program Application Form and forms documenting work, volunteer or observation experience.
  • All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screening. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their course work.
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Available Courses
Required Courses
50
Students must complete all Required Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course introduces the new Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) student to the physical therapy profession, its professional organizations and the ever-changing world of healthcare. Special emphasis is placed on becoming a healthcare professional and understanding all behaviors and responsibilities which by law, ethical standards and professional standards of conduct are appropriate for a physical therapist assistant. Additional focus is placed upon understanding the role of the PTA in the healthcare system with regard to the role of team members, legal/ethical issues, medical terminology, documentation, stress management, patient safety and privacy, practice parameters and communication skills. The course format is lecture and discussion, with the inclusion of lab activities. Learning in the course is evaluated via assignments, projects, quizzes and examinations. Lab fee required.Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is a comprehensive examination of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. The concepts of active and passive insufficiency are introduced and their application to human movement made relevant. Special emphasis is placed upon the observation and analysis of human movement. The course format is mainly lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via quizzes and cumulative examinations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is a lab companion to PHT 1120 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed upon palpation, goniometric measurements, manual muscle testing and the analysis of human movement. The course format is mainly demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and/or practical exams. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course emphasizes the essential patient care skills necessary for clinical practice. Students will learn the basics of assessment of medical status through vital signs, performance of safe patient mobility, infection control, prevention of pressure injury, body mechanics, wheelchair fitting and mobility, gait training and associated assistive devices, as well as use of modalities such as compression, thermal and cryotherapy. The course format is mainly lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via quizzes and cumulative examinations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the lab companion to PHT 1200 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Students will perform assessment of medical status through vital signs, performance of safe patient mobility, infection control, prevention of pressure injury, wheelchair fitting and mobility, gait training with the appropriate associated assistive devices, as well as use of modalities such as compression, thermal and cryotherapy. The course format is mainly demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and oral/practical exams. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course emphasizes various physical therapy modalities used to treat pain, edema, weakness, wounds and spasm. Modalities presented include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, soft tissue mobilization, compression wrapping, laser, traction and hydrotherapy. The course format is mainly lecture and discussion. Learning in the this course is evaluated via assignments, quizzes and cumulative examinations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the lab companion to PHT 1213 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed on safe use of modality equipment as well as monitoring and documenting patient simulator responses to the treatments conducted. The course format is mainly demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and oral/practical exams. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the first of two full-time clinical experiences designed to introduce students to the clinical setting. Students will treat patients under the guidance and supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. Learning in this course is primarily evaluated with the Clinical Performance Instrument. Lab fee required.
This course is a comprehensive examination of the role of the cardiopulmonary system on physical therapy practice. Common pathologies, treatments, medications, lab values, imaging, and necessary treatment modifications for the cardiovascular, respiratory, and hematologic systems are discussed. The course format is lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via assignments, projects, quizzes, and cumulative examinations. Lab fee required.
This course is the lab companion to PHT 2289 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed on mobilizing patients with various cardiac precautions, auscultating heart and lung sounds, airway clearance, and interpreting and responding to electrocardiogram abnormalities. The course format is demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and oral/practice exams. Lab fee required.
This course is a comprehensive examination of common adult neurological disorders. Emphasis is placed upon the etiology, pathology, clinical presentation, medical testing, management, prognosis and neurorehabilitation techniques for cerebral vascular accidents, cerebellar disorders and other balance disorders. Normal pediatric sensorimotor development is reviewed. The course format is lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via assignments, projects, quizzes and cumulative examinations.
This course is the lab companion to PHT 2253 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed upon students completing the appropriate data collection, neurorehabilitative techniques and patient/caregiver education required for the treatment of disorders discussed in the lecture portion of the course. Students will develop interventions based upon the physical therapist's plan of care/goals, medical reports and the patient response. The course format is demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and oral/practical exams. Lab fee required.
This course is a comprehensive examination of common adult and pediatric neurological disorders. Emphasis is placed upon the etiology, pathology, clinical presentation, medical testing, management, prognosis, and neurorehabilitation techniques for various disorders including, but not limited to, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, upper and lower motor neuron disorders, ALS, and pediatric neurological disorders. The course format is lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via assignments, projects, quizzes and cumulative examinations.
This course is the lab companion to PHT 2255 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed upon students completing the appropriate data collection, neurorehabilitative techniques and patient/caregiver education required for the treatment of disorders discussed in the lecture portion of the course. Students will develop interventions based upon the physical therapist's plan of care/goals, medical reports and the patient response. The course format is demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and oral/practical exams. Lab fee required.
This course includes the pathologies, treatment modifications, pertinent medications, lab values and imaging for multiple body systems including, but not limited to, immune, integumentary, lymphatic and male reproductive. Additionally, non-system diagnosis including oncology and pertinent genetic/developmental disorders are examined. Lab demonstrations and practice will include wound care treatments such as pulsed lavage, sterile technique, wound dressings, wound cleansing, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, laser compression garments, edema pumps, edema measurement and compete decongestive therapy. Learning in this course is evaluated via assignments, projects, quizzes, cumulative exams, competency-based skill checks and oral/practical exams.
This course includes the pathologies treatment modifications, pertinent medications, lab values, and imaging for multiple body systems including, but not limited to, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal, hepatic, metabolic and women's reproductive health considerations. The course format is lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via assignments, projects, quizzes and cumulative examinations.
This course emphasizes the basics of therapeutic exercise including passive, active-assistive, active, stretching and resistive exercises. It explores the variety of ways these exercises may be performed (manual vs. mechanical) and considerations leading to modification (stage of tissue state and recovery, subjective and objective findings). The course format is mainly lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via quizzes and cumulative examinations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the lab companion to PHT 2224 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed upon passive, active-assistive, active, stretching and resistive exercises. The course format is mainly demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and oral/practical exams. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course builds on exercise concepts introduced in PHT 2224 and PHT 2224L and integrates knowledge of orthopedic and other system disorders presented in PHT 2310. The conservative and post-surgical rehabilitation, including appropriate data collection, interventions and patient/caregiver education for the specific disorders is emphasized in this course. The course format is mainly lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via quizzes and cumulative examinations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the lab companion to PHT 2228 and provides laboratory practice for those skills requiring hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed upon students completing the appropriate data collection, interventions and patient/caregiver education required for the treatment of disorders discussed in the lecture portion of this course. Students will develop treatment plans based upon the physical therapist's plan of care/goals, medical reports and the patient response. The course format is mainly demonstration and practice of psychomotor skills in the lab environment with the use of patient simulators. Learning in this course is evaluated via competency-based skill checks and oral/practical exams. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course emphasizes the etiology, pathology, clinical presentation, prognosis and general medical management of a variety of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, integumentary, metabolic and other system disorders most commonly seen in physical therapy practice. Medical management, including lab values, imaging, pharmacology and their significance and consideration in treatment is emphasized. The course format is mainly lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via quizzes and cumulative examinations. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the second of two full-time clinical experiences designed to prepare students for entry-level clinical practice. Students will treat patients under the guidance and supervision of a licensed physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Learning in this course is primarily evaluated with the Clinical Performance Instrument.
This course guides the physical therapist assistant student in the transition from student to licensed PTA. The course emphasizes Florida laws and administrative code regarding physical therapy. Students will also learn test-taking strategies for the national PTA licensing examination. The course also involves self-examination of behaviors, strengths, weaknesses and practice constraints in clinical settings within the scope of legal, ethical, professional and practice parameters that have been set for the profession of physical therapy. The course format is mainly lecture and discussion. Learning in this course is evaluated via online discussions, presentations, quizzes and cumulative examinations. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
General Education Courses
24
This course is primarily for science majors or students with a strong biology background. It is a study of the molecular and cellular composition and function of living organisms. Emphasis will be given to structure, chemical metabolism and genetic mechanisms. Laboratory illustrates basic biological principles. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Or any Area B or C General Education Science Course (Note: BSC 2010C is a prerequisite for BSC 2093C)

This is the first part of a two-semester course that investigates in detail the structure and function of humans. The course is primarily designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We will utilize a "system" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on the homeostatic rather than the dysfunctional individual. Lab fee required.
This course is the second part of a two-semester course that investigates the structure and function of humans. The course is designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We utilize a "systems" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on homeostatic rather than dysfunctional individuals. Lab fee required.
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits
This course is a study of the fundamental topics in advanced algebra with emphasis on applications, the understanding of the function concept and manipulative skills. Major topics include operations on algebraic expressions and complex numbers, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities and rational equations and inequalities, applications, functions, exponents and logarithms, graphs of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations and inequalities. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level MAC or MAP prefix course that meets General Education requirements.

Psychology or Sociology General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
74
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Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,538$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,590$11,088$10,300
Books and Supplies$1,000$890$1,000$1,200
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Profession

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) play an important role in helping people regain their independence and mobility following an illness or injury. An integral member of a rehabilitation team, PTAs work under the supervision of a physical therapist to help patients of all ages improve their quality of life by restoring physical function or preventing permanent disability. PTAs are responsible for implementing treatment protocols, teaching exercises, performing therapies and reporting client response to the physical therapist. In addition to direct patient care, they also assist with patient transport, preparation for treatments and maintenance of equipment.

Career Opportunities

Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, outpatient and sports facilities, corporate or industrial health centers, research institutions, extended care facilities and schools, colleges and universities.

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

Job Outlook

The demand for PTAs continues to grow as the nation’s rising aging population lives a longer, more active lifestyle. Due to a nationwide shortage of PTAs, employment in this field is expected to grow by 45 percent (much faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Certifications

Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the Florida Physical Therapy Assistant, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA018) industry certification.

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